Playwright, Director – The Gift of the Magi and Other Festive Stories to Warm the Heart
Alan began his career as an actor and his debut was at the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre. His directorial debut was with Muted Cupid Theatre Company at Andrew’s Lane Theatre, Dublin, where he then directed French Company, 2B’s world premier of the musical Creatures. He went on to direct over one hundred productions in Ireland, notably Gary Duggan’s Dedalus Lounge and TransEuro Express and Spike Productions award winning production of Steven Berkoff’s Decadence. In 2009 Alan directed his first off Broadway show Lunch. In 2013 he moved to Canada and his Toronto debut was The Woman in Black at The Lower Ossington Theatre. Toronto credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, Chatroom, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Anne of Green Gables, Newsies and Priscilla Queen of the Dessert at Lower Ossington Theatre, Al Green Theatre and The Randolph Theatre. His production of Mary Poppins won the Broadway World award for Best Musical in 2015. Alan has written many family shows that have toured China, Jamaica, Qatar, Singapore, Oman and Sharjah. In 2017 he directed productions of Aladdin and Fame at the Madinat Theatre Dubai. He is currently artistic director of the discovery program at Markham Theatre. He most recently directed It’s a Wonderful Life at the Medley Theatre and Stones in his Pockets and One Christmas Carol at the Wychwood Theatre. Alan is delighted to be returning to the Watermark Theatre where he directed Blithe Spirit.